Join us in Brisbane from 25 to 27 November 2024 for the national conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Grab this unique opportunity to engage with world leaders, emerging scientists, innovators, students, and practitioners from a vast array of disciplines, and learn how to contribute to human-centred futures through technology and transformation.

The HFESA 2024 conference will contribute to advancing deep learning, dissemination of innovative practices, new skills development, and solving complex problems. This is important to Australia’s future and internationally, and we are pleased to host this event in Brisbane, Queensland this year.

This conference will feature an enriching blend of both face-to-face presentations, impactful and engaging discussions, poster presentations, and thought-provoking debates on contemporary issues shaping our world. The program will have topics encompassing research, practice, challenges, and opportunities that show the impact human factors and ergonomics can make now and into the future.

Get ready for a mind-expanding experience at our 2024 HFESA Conference.

Our Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to host our expert Keynote speakers who will talk on a variety of Human-Centred Futures themes.

Prof Catherine Burns

Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada

Dr S. Kate Conroy

Adjunct Professor QUT Centre for Robotics

Prof Anjum Naweed

Professor at School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences Appleton Institute


The 2024 conference will be run over 2.5 days, commencing on Monday 25 November with afternoon workshops and masterclasses. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature keynote addresses and parallel plenary presentations, as well as poster displays and presentations. The conference will offer hybrid attendance with the option of live or virtual viewing of presentations and posters in the programme. Delegates will need to attend Workshops and Masterclasses in person.

Day 1:

Monday 25 November 2024

Day 2:

Tuesday 26 November 2024

Day 3:

Wednesday 27 November 2024

Social activityOpening ceremonyPlenary presentations
Afternoon workshops
From 1300hrs (AEST)
Plenary presentationsPoster displays & presentations
Poster displays & presentationsExhibition
ExhibitionConference take-aways
Evening welcome receptionConference dinnerSocial activity


We invite academics, researchers, HF/E practitioners, industry professionals, students, government representatives and innovators to bring ideas and insight on tomorrow’s world. We want to hear about the emerging trends and transformations that are shaping the way we work, live, and play; and insight into the role and impact of human factors and ergonomics in creating human-centred futures, including the opportunities and challenges. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your work or expertise at this conference.

We invite submissions that encapsulate the essence of human-centred futures, that helps to transform and shape tomorrow’s world. We invite thought provoking topics encompassing research, practice, challenges, and opportunities that show the impact human factors and ergonomics can make now and into the future.

Submission categories

  • Poster & snapshot presentations
    • Showcase your research or case studies in the form of individual posters and opportunity to present an oral snapshot of your work in under three minutes.
  • Plenary presentations
    • 20-minute Oral presentations + 5 minute question time.

HFESA 2024 Conference submissions are reviewed against the same acceptance criteria adjusted to suit the submission categories. HFESA 2024 will be held face-to-face and online, however, presenters are expected to be physically present at the conference.


HFESA2024 will showcase Human Factors and Ergonomics research and practical applications through case studies across sectors.
Thematic topics could include…
Technology Advancements Transformative Applications Tomorrow’s World
Artificial intelligence Work Health and Safety Sustainability
Automation Psychosocial hazard management Future needs
Robotics Task and cognitive task analyses Global matters
Cybersecurity Systems analysis Future paradigms
Wearable technology Work design Emerging trends
Virtual Reality, VR, AR, MR, XR Assessment of situational awareness, workload Wicked problems
Applications HMI & usability evaluations New ideas
Submissions focused within sectors are welcomed, but not limited to:
  • Transport
  • Defence
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Sport and outdoor recreation
  • Public health
  • Agriculture
  • Other
Topics may also be centred around particular domains of human factors and ergonomics, such as: Organisational, Physical, Cognitive, Systems HFE, Environmental.
Join us in 2024 to engage with world leaders, emerging scientists, practitioners and strategists, experts in human factors and ergonomics, human-centered design, and safety science, including our vast array of associated professional networks.

Submission requirements


Scientific and Research Focus
Submissions must include a structured abstract of no more than 300 words summarising Background, Aims and Objectives, Methods, Results, and Discussion/Implications.

Case studies
Submission for case studies must include a structured abstract of no more than 300 words summarising the Background, Case/Lines of Inquiry, Outcomes, Key-points, and Relevance for Practice.

We are eager to hear about your projects, the challenges and opportunities you’ve faced, and how our discipline has made an impact.

In submitting a proposal, authors agree to abide by the following policies:

  • Proposals must conform to the requirements in this call for papers
  • Proposals must describe the completed work
  • The work submitted has not been submitted to another conference or currently under review at another conference
  • Obtain any necessary approval from your employer or any participant groups before you submit your proposal
  • HFESA assumes that all co-authors have given their consent to submit and if accepted, publish the abstract in the HFESA Conference Proceedings
  • HFESA is not responsible for communications about your proposal that fail to reach you if you have failed to maintain correct contact information with the Scientific Convenors
  • Presenters must submit their papers with the full intention of physically attending the conference and presenting the paper in person. Virtual presentations are not accepted. All presenters are required to pay the registration fee.

Key Dates

19 May 2024 – Abstract submissions close (midnight AEST)

24 June 2024 – Decisions returned

31 August 2024 – Speaker registrations due

Accepted submissions will be invited to respond to reviewer comments and populate their presentation/poster and final submissions.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the online Conference Proceedings, HFESA 2024.

A select number of authors will be invited to expand their work for publication in a special issue with Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries (HFEMSI)

For further information, please email the conference scientific convenors: scientificconvenor@ergonomics.org.au


Jump on this opportunity to profile your business among leaders in human factors, technology, and transformation

The 2024 HFESA Conference is about the responsible adoption of technology and automation, sustainability, humanity, and resilience. By sponsoring the 2024 HFESA Conference, 25 – 27 November 2024, Brisbane, Queensland, you will communicate your message and branding across a quality, targeted audience of 100’s of specialists and an engaged business community. Human factors specialists advance business capability. They are the critical link in achieving sustainable business, community, and industry transformation.

Make your mark and let your presence be known among renowned human factors specialists. Socialise, learn about people and performance, and advance your business through your sponsorship – jump in quickly, feet first, our premier sponsor opportunities are limited!

If you have any questions about becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor, please contact Sara Pazell at sponsorship@ergonomics.org.au or email our conference committee at conference@ergonomics.org.au.

We can’t wait to see you there.


A welcome reception is planned for Monday evening where you can connect with friends and colleagues for cocktails and nibbles. For our Gala Dinner on Tuesday 26 November, we’ll be heading rooftop to Level 12 at Rydges South Bank, which boasts spectacular views of the Brisbane River and city skyline. And of course, throughout the conference program there will be ample time for networking and socialising during breaks and other planned activities – further details on these are coming soon!


Our venue – the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), has a global reputation for excellence, and is centrally located in South Bank, Brisbane. BCEC is close to cultural, entertainment and dining attractions, and can be easily accessed on public transport (by train or bus). Paid car parks also available under the BCEC for those who will be driving.


We are pleased to offer an accommodation option at Rydges South Bank, as the official hotel provider for the HFESA 2024 conference. Discounted rates are available for conference delegates. There are numerous other accommodation options available around Southbank and the Brisbane CBD, within walking distance to the BCEC. Southbank also boasts a big variety of dining options to suit all budgets and preferences, and beautiful gardens and riverside walkways to enjoy some downtime.

More information on booking accommodation is coming soon!

Conference Program

Conference program is subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

What people said about last year's event.

“This national event is a calendar year highlight if you work in the human factors and ergonomics field. I left the conference feeling energised and excited.

The speakers and keynotes were fantastic, and it was great to see speakers from other countries attend in person.”


# Register by contacting the HFESA Secretariat.
Nominated Registration Day – Choose either Monday 25/11, Tuesday 26/11, Wednesday 27/11.
Note: Early Bird registration closes 31 August 2024

As a federated society of the IEA, HFESA supports efforts to enhance the contribution of the HFE discipline to global society. We are therefore offering a discounted membership for delegates from low and low-middle income economies. Also, Members of Federated Societies of the IEA can register at HFESA Member prices with proof of membership. Please contact the HFESA Secretariat to register for the conference.
Email secretariat@ergonomics.org.au
Phone 0451 306 565
Office Hours Monday to Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question? Check the frequently asked questions below or email us.

This will depend on when you cancel your booking. Please see our terms and conditions.

In order to keep the costs down for students, the Gala dinner is not included in your ticket price. You can opt to attend the dinner by purchasing a separate ticket.

The HFESA Secretariat will keep a list of delegates who are looking to share accommodation. Please email the Secretariat to be placed on the list and notified of delegates to connect with.

Yes, all the Keynotes and paper presentations will be recorded (excluding workshops). An access link will be provided after the conference when uploading is completed to our cloud storage.

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